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Terunobu Fujimori: Architecture with Nature, and "ROJO"

March 11, 2017, to May 14, 2017

《Kusayane》 La Collina ©Nacása & Partners Inc.

Terunobu Fujimori, who was born in 1946, lived in Chino City, Nagano Prefecture until he graduated from high school. After graduating from Tohoku University, he entered the University of Tokyo graduate school. After making a great achievement as the leading expert in modern history of architecture and history of cities, Fujimori, at the age of 45, made his debut as an architect designing Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum in Chino City, Nagano in 1991. Since then, he has been producing more than forty original creative architectural works in about 25 years.

A house with dandelions and leeks growing on the roof and a teahouse with pillars of unpeeled timber which looks like a birdhouse:―the Fujimori’s work is known as extremely ingenious architecture that shows us both originality that exceeds conventional architectural ideas and nostalgia reminiscent of the distant past.

In this exhibition, conforming to the themes of ‘how natural materials can be adopted to contemporary architecture’ and ‘how plants can be incorporated into architecture,’ which Fujimori has been tackling in order to regain the relationship between architecture and nature, we introduce architect Terunobu Fujimori’s works through his representative architecture with sketches, models and photographs, as well as sample materials used for roofs, walls, plastering, etc. and furniture in his architecture.



Terunobu Fujimori' s Biography

Architect and architectural historian. Born in Nagano Prefecture in 1946. After graduating from Department of Architecture, Tohoku University, Fujimori completed a doctoral course at the University of Tokyo. After working as a professor at Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, and Kogakuin University, currently he is a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo, specially-appointed professor of Kogakuin University and Director of Edo-Tokyo Museum. His specialty field is the history of architecture, and he has been engaged in designing architecture since he was 45. His recent works include Mosaic Tile Museum,Tajimi, ‘Kusayane’ and ‘Douyane’ (Taneya sales office and headquarters, Omihachiman-shi). He designed many architectural works such as archive, art museum, housing and teahouse. He has written many books on history of architecture, architectural detective work, and activities related to architectural designing. His recent books include “Isozaki Arata to Fujimori Terunobu no chaseki kenchiku dangi” (Rikuyo-sha) and “Fujimori Sensei chashitsu shinan” (Shokoku-sha).



《Kusayane》La Collina ©Nacása & Partners Inc.

《Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi》 photo: Akihisa Masuda


《Takasugi-an》 photo: Akihisa Masuda

《Douyane》 La Collina ©Nacása & Partners Inc.


《Douyane》 La Collina ©Nacása & Partners Inc.

《Kurihyappon》 La Collina ©Nacása & Partners Inc.


《Kurihyappon》 La Collina ©Nacása & Partners Inc.


Outline

Title

Terunobu Fujimori: Architecture with Nature, and "ROJO"


Venue

Contemporary Art Gallery


Dates

3/11/2017-5/14/2017


Open Hours

9:30-18:00(no admittance after 17:30)


Closed

Mondays (except March 20, public holiday) and March 21


Admission

¥800 (¥600 for advance ticket and group of more than 20 people)
Free of charge for children under 9th grade, seniors over 65, the disabled and one accompanying attendant
*One-year Pass
¥1000: High Teen Pass “H.T.P.” for youth between the ages of 15 and 19
¥2500: Adult Pass for those aged 20 and over


Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation


Cooperated by

Taneya Co., Ltd.


Sponsored by

Tajimi Kasahara Tile Museum Foundation, Tatsuo Akimura


Supported by

Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Chino City Museum of Art, Mosaic Tile Museum,Tajimi, The Fondation d’entreprise HERMES, Kaijima lab, University of Tsukuba, Mito Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lamune-onsen, Shinsho-ji Temple, General Hardware, K.K., Office Hosokawa, Eisei-Bunko, Joyo Geibun Center, 310 Shokudo, Izumi-cho 2-chome shopping street promotion association, VILLAGE310, the Rojo Observation Society, Dobun-sha


Curated by

Yu Iseki (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)




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March 11 (Sat.), 2017

ROJO Society was formed in 1986 with key members, Genpei Akasegawa, Terunobu Fujimori, Shinbo Minami, Tetsuo Matsuda, and Joji Hayashi to observe, collect and appreciate everything in the surroundings from a manhole, chimney, store sign, bill to architectural pieces, and to find funny things on the streets aimlessly and unintentionally. In this project, a general meeting of Rojo Society is held to rediscover attractive aspects of Mito City through a lecture by the society member and the review of a rojo observation workshop held earlier in Mito.

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March 18 (Sat.), 2017

The kanji character "藝 gei (art, performance)" also means "to give a hand to plant and grow plants." Following the idea that materials of confectionery are brought up in agriculture and become "藝 gei" by using one' s hands, Taneya's nogei activities are wide-ranging, including growing yomogi (mugwort), vegetables and rice, arranging mountain grasses in pots to display them at the store so that visitors can sense a change in the seasons, and managing/maintaining Fujimori architecture and trees which are making good use of natural cycles. Activities of Taneya farming that observe the four seasons closely involving many people are introduced.

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March 19 (Sun.), 2017, to May 14 (Sun.), 2017

A tea ceremony is held in a new teahouse designed by Fujimori. Matcha (powdered green tea) is prepared by Mito-based tea master Sadaharu Sakai, and Taneya sweets are served.

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April 8 (Sat.), 2017

In recent years, mosaic tiles, which give a Showa period retro atmosphere, are getting popular with DIY boom. In this project, Kanji Kagami, director of Mosaic Tile Museum,Tajimi which was designed by Terunobu Fujimori and opened in June 2016 gives a lecture on the history and development of mosaic tiles in Japan and their charm.

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April 9 (Sun.), 2017

A lecture is given by Terunobu Fujimori, an architect and architectural historian of this solo exhibition. One of the major issues of the 21th century architecture was the relationship between architecture and nature. Fujimori talks about his long trial period dealing with two themes: 'how natural materials can be adopted to contemporary architecture' and 'how plants can be incorporated into architecture.'

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High School Students' Weeks 2017

March 11 (Sat.), 2017, to April 9 (Sun.), 2017

It is an annual exhibition free invitation project for high school students. At a cafe, which visitors come across in the middle of the gallery during the exhibition period, workshops concerning the exhibition are held and various programs for reading, sewing, etc. can be enjoyed every day. The cafe is not limited to high school students, but anyone can use it.

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Gallery Tour for Family with Babies

April 20 (Thu.), 2017, to April 21 (Fri.), 2017

The staff or volunteers guide visitors through the exhibition. A workshop by Isamu Nemoto, director of Kodomo no Atorie (Children's Studio), is held for children and their parents.

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